Puget Soundkeeper has collected water samples from over 45 sites in the Puget Sound watershed to look for the presence of microplastics. We document the extent of microplastic pollution in Puget Sound to help inform future policy proposals, technology solutions, and restoration efforts that protect our northwest waterways.
Microplastics are a global hazard to our aquatic ecosystems. Because plastic does not biodegrade in the environment, but rather, breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it is a pollutant that remains in the marine environment for centuries and travels up the food chain. Plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters are known as microplastics and they have been found in water samples taken from nearly everywhere on earth- including glaciers in the arctic circle and over 93% of bottle water.
We need volunteers who are willing to aid us in preparing and analyzing these water samples. Age minimum is 18. All equipment and training is provided. Shifts are for 2 hours and includes the training. We will be meeting at our office located at 130 Nickerson Street, Suite 107 in Queen Anne.
Email Gillian at Gillian@pugetsoundkeeper.org for more information and to sign up. Space is limited!